Bradley L. Merner
Assistant Professor

Phone: (334) 844-6910

Office: 362 Chemistry Building

Laboratory: 331 Chemistry Building



Memorial University, Ph.D. (2010)

Université de Montréal, Postdoctoral Fellow (2013)

The central theme of our group’s research program is target-oriented chemical synthesis (vide infra).  Under this vastly defined area, our group will concentrate on the synthesis of architecturally complex molecules that are relevant to medicinal chemistry and nanoscale science.  We are interested in the synthesis of natural products, analogues thereof, nucleic acid modifications that can be used as gene silencing therapeutics, and curved aromatic systems that will serve as molecular templates in the bottom-up chemical synthesis of carbon nanotubes (CNTs).  Deeply rooted in all of the synthesis projects carried out in our laboratories will be the development of new synthetic technologies that address current weaknesses that exist in the arena of chemical synthesis.  It is hoped that this vision will facilitate the discovery of new, powerful synthetic disconnections that can ultimately be used to streamline synthetic approaches to bioactive compounds, enable analogue synthesis of more potent medicines, and improve the current state of the art for CNT synthesis.


Graduate students interested in joining the group should apply directly to graduate program at Auburn University within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Interested undergraduate students should send an E-mail to or stop by my office to arrange a meeting.

All interested postdoctoral applications should include a current CV, copies of relevant publications, a concise summary of research experience (up to 5 pages), and at least two letters of recommendation sent under a separate cover.   These can be sent via E-mail to:

Mitra, N. K.; Meudom, R.; Gorden, J. D.; Merner, B. L. Org. Lett. 2015, ASAP [DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.5b01102]
    - Selected as ACS Editor’s Choice Article (open access)
    - Selected for ACS LiveSlides presentation

Salinas, J. C.; Migawa, M. T.; Merner, B. L.; Hanessian, S. J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79, 11651-11660.

Design and Strategy in Organic Synthesis: From the Chiron Approach to Catalysis, Hanessian, S., Giroux, S.; Merner, B. L., Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2013 [ISBN 978-3-527-31964-0].

Merner, B. L.; Unikela, K. S.; Dawe, L. N.; Thompson, D. W.; Bodwell, G. J. Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 5930-5932.
    - Selected as a “Hot ChemComm Article”
    - Highlighted in Synfacts, see: Swager, T. M.; Belger, C. Synfacts, 2013, 9, 841.

Hanessian, S.; Schroeder, B. R.; Giacometti, R. D; Merner, B. L.; Østergaard, M. E.; Swayze, E.; Seth, P. P Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 11242-11245.
    - Selected by the Editor as the Feature Communication (frontispiece) in issue 45.

Merner, B. L.; Dawe, L. N.; Bodwell, G. J. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 5487-5491 [DOI: 10.1002/anie.200806363].
    - Selected as a VIP (Very Important Paper)
    - Featured on the inside cover of ACIEE
Subject of a Highlights Article: Steinberg, B. D.; Scott, L. T. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 5400-5402.

Last updated: 01/11/2016